Drug Addiction, Facts About Addiction  |  August 25, 2016

There has been much written and reported this summer about the number of big insurance companies abandoning state healthcare exchanges set up under the Affordable Care Act.  They’re leaving these exchanges in large part because they have not proven to be profitable.

Could it be that the opioid addiction crisis is a major reason why?

New data suggests it is.

Between 2007 and 2014, the number of private health insurance claims related to opioid dependence diagnosis soared by 3,204 percent.

And unlike earlier drug epidemics, the present crisis is disproportionately affecting a valuable core market for health insurers - white, middle-class people in non-urban settings.

According to the data, the vast majority of opioid related insurance claims, 69 percent, came from adults between the age of 19 and 35.   And males in all age groups continue to be substantially more likely than women to be diagnosed as opioid dependent.   Another problem area for insurers – pregnant women addicted to opioid drugs.  Here both the mother and the child require care – again driving up claim costs.

Heroin use has also increased across most demographic groups – driven largely by prescription opioid addiction.  Seventy-five percent of all new heroin addicts admit their addiction started with prescription painkilling drugs.  Unfortunately for the insurance industry, heroin addiction rates have also grown sharply among the privately insured, a group that historically had relatively low rates of heroin use.

What’s the solution?

There are several pieces to that answer.

First, organized medicine has to get off its “addiction” to prescribing opioid drugs.  It is organized medicine, and their cohorts in the drug industry, that created this public health crisis in the first place.

Next – the nation needs an appropriate and effective opioid addiction treatment strategy – one that produces successful outcomes at rates above current meager national averages of 20%.

We cannot expect meaningful improvement in the cost of healthcare without progress in both of these areas.

If you or someone you know has become addicted to drugs and or alcohol, we can help.  Aware Recovery Care’s rehab model provides private, personalized care for people throughout Connecticut seeking individualized drug and/or alcohol addiction rehab treatment while living in their own homes. For those currently receiving inpatient care, Aware Recovery Care also provides a seamless home-transition.

And our patients recover at rates 350% above the national average


There is a way to get better – to recover your life.  Call us at Aware Recovery Care of Connecticut.  We can help you.  www.awarerecoverycare.com.